After you've eaten all you can this Thanksgiving weekend, it might do you well to take a break at the movies. There are a few new releases hitting the theater over the holiday weekend, and there are also several great recent movies still showing. But the holidays sometimes mean that your movie companions are a mixed bag, and your various family members and friends are probably not all into the same stuff. So with that in mind, we've compiled a handy guide of our movie picks that are out right now and who you should bring with you — and who you should leave at home.
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence pair up on the big screen in this week's Silver Linings Playbook. They play two very different people who find a common ground in their personal issues and problems relating to other people, but do they have enough chemistry to keep it afloat? Check out our review to see if the latest from director David O. Russell is a watch, pass, or rent.
Last night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Jennifer Lawrence showed off her famous curves — and threw some curveballs — as she shared the Honey Boo Boo accident that went down while she was on location in Georgia for Catching Fire. We have the highlights from her late-night oversharing in this PopSugar Rush!
Jennifer Lawrence swung by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to chat about Silver Linings Playbook ahead of its release across the US tomorrow. While there, Jennifer revealed an exciting piece of information — she's a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group who votes for the Oscars! However, her first attempt to weigh in on the nominations didn't go so well since her mom intercepted the ballot. Check out Jennifer's hilarious retelling of a mail-in snafu, and check out her whole interview with Ellen when it airs tomorrow.
Jennifer Lawrence stepped out in a short Christian Dior dress for her Silver Linings Playbook premiere in LA last night. She was joined on the red carpet by a Gucci-clad Bradley Cooper. The costars have been spending a lot of time together promoting the film. Over the weekend, Jen and Bradley linked up for a special SAG screening of the film, which was out in limited release Friday and will be out more broadly across the country tomorrow.
Also in attendance for last night's premiere was Jennifer and Bradley's costar Chris Tucker and director David O. Russell. Chris told us all about making the film and touched on the amazing rapport between Jennifer and Bradley. He said, "It was great because they had so much good chemistry . . . David O. Russell is a great director. He had a great cast with Jennifer, Bradley, and Robert De Niro, and Jacki Weaver."
Additional reporting by Lindsay Miller
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper attended a special SAG screening of their film, Silver Linings Playbook, in LA last night with costar Chris Tucker. Bradley and Jennifer brought the picture to the West Coast together after attending separate premieres in NYC last week. In the intervening days, Jennifer has been required on the set of a very different movie, the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Jennifer and Bradley are reaching the final stages of promotion for the film. It came out in limited release Friday, and this Wednesday opens broadly across the country — check out our Silver Linings Playbook review.
Jennifer's performance has some speculating that she'll be nominated for an Oscar this year after being up for one in 2011 thanks to Winter's Bone. She spoke about that possibility, and of confronting the entire 2013 award season, with The Daily Beast. She said, "It's one of those things, when you read the first review and it's glowing, and everybody keeps hinting it's going to happen. I think it will be a lot better this year, now that I can drink. I honestly think that was the worst part. You can't sit through the Golden Globes without drinking. I was the only sober one there listening to every word. It was so cold that at one point, I wrapped myself up in the train of my dress and then I saw myself pop up on the screen. I started smiling but my teeth were chattering. It probably looked like I was secretly crying, as if I thought I had a chance."
It's nearly impossible to pigeonhole a movie like Silver Linings Playbook. Is it a drama? A comedy? A sports film? A romance? The truth is, David O. Russell's latest movie is all of those things — and more. The film, about a bipolar man named Pat (Bradley Cooper) looking to get his life back on track after a stint in a mental institution, examines Pat's illness as Russell takes us through the sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying process of healing. Russell and his impressive cast strike such a perfect balance between drama and comedy that it doesn't matter how the movie's categorized; the easiest way to label Silver Linings Playbook is as a great movie.
After eight months in the hospital, Pat moves back in with his parents, ready to start fresh. He's determined to embrace a more positive attitude in the hopes of winning back his wife, but he's continually haunted by the memory of beating her lover to pulp — not to mention the fact that the filter between his brain and mouth appears to be completely broken. His belligerent (and often insensitive) comments provide easy chuckles from the audience, but it's not until Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) enters the picture that the film really becomes a joy to watch — in all its idiosyncratic glory.
To see the other reasons I loved Silver Linings Playbook, just read more
If you haven't been out to the theater in a while, this weekend might be a good time to break that streak. New releases include David O. Russell's buzzed-about drama Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as bonding depressives, and sweeping adaptation Anna Karenina. Oh, and there's this little movie called Breaking Dawn Part 2 — I don't know if you've heard about it. Check out all the pictures and let us know what you're planning on seeing!
Bradley Cooper enjoyed the last days of his reign as People's Sexiest Man Alive last night on the red carpet at the NYC premiere of Silver Linings Playbook. The magazine announces their 2012 pick tomorrow! Yesterday, Bradley was in the company of costars Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, and Julia Stiles. We spoke with Bradley about the joys of shooting the picture in his hometown, Philadelphia. He said, "This was a good chance to shoot Philly for Philly . . . the neighborhood, the people. It felt very close to home. My uncles were there. My uncle read [Robert De Niro's] lines for [Robert] to get the accent. Jacki Weaver hung out with my mom. It was kind of a family affair."
Absent from the film's Big Apple premiere was Bradley's leading lady Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer was able to promote their film over the weekend, though. Jennifer Lawrence showed off her dark hair, and an all-black outfit, for a special screening on Sunday. She was nonetheless present in the minds of her costars last night. Costars like Chris called Jennifer's performance in Silver Linings Playbook "great" and "fantastic" — stay tuned for more on Jennifer and Bradley in this afternoon's PopSugar Rush.